Tamar River, Launceston

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Kanamaluka/Tamar River is a 70km estuary located in northern Tasmania, Australia. Despite being called a river, the waterway is a saline and tidal estuary over its entire length.Location and featuresFormed by the confluence of the North Esk and South Esk rivers at, kanamaluka/Tamar River flows generally north towards its mouth at Low Head, north of the settlement George Town and into the Bass Strait via Port Dalrymple. kanamaluka/Tamar River has several minor tributaries including the Supply River.Low Head Lighthouse is located at the tip of a peninsula, on the east side of the mouth of the Tamar River. The only full crossing of the river is the Batman Bridge in the relatively remote area of Sidmouth, around halfway up the river.Although the Port of Launceston is now used very little in comparison to the past and the SeaCat Tasmania ferry no longer docks at George Town, the river still is used for shipping, with light and heavy industries at George Town including aluminium smelters as well as commercial boat cruises.EtymologyThe Tamar River was named after the River Tamar in South West England by Colonel William Paterson in December 1804.
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  • Very worthwhile and relaxing cruise up the Tamar river as well as the Cataract gorge. Good value for money.  more »
  • We had a lovely cruise along the river with an interesting and informative commentary being given along the way.  more »
  • Launceston is one of the prettiest cities in Tasmania, not so much hustle and bustle. The Architecture is very similar to Adelaide and we have been told both cities had the same Architect. As we live ...  more »

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Many visitors to Launceston choose to settle into one of the area's spacious rental apartments, which offer large rooms and plenty of privacy. Equally comfortable, the city's centrally located four-star hotels include onsite restaurants and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and satellite channels. A less expensive alternative, Launceston's inns provide a convenient base for backpackers and causal travelers arriving without prior reservations. If you want something atmospheric and historical, look for guesthouses located in well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings. 
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